Friday, 4 July 2014

Residents Celebrate As Lib Dem Councillor Secures Funds To End Parking Misery

Cambridge residents are celebrating after Lib Dem Councillor Ian Manning secured the final piece of funding to put an end to their parking problems.

Residents on the VIE estate in East Chesterton has been blighted by inconsiderate parking as drivers park outside marked bays since the roads were adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council two years ago.

Cllr Manning, who represents East Chesterton on the County Council, has spent the last year getting an agreement between residents for shared space for pedestrians and cyclists rather than a massive car park.

The County Council invested £4,500 in his proposals and members of Cambridge City Council’s North Area Committee last night (Thursday, July 3) agreed to give £500 of council money towards the project.

“This is really good news,” said Cllr Manning. “It means that finally we can put together a well-developed plan and end years of misery suffered by these residents.

“I have been very concerned that, if there were an emergency fire engines or ambulances might not be able to get through the cars.”

Resident, Marco Pinheiro said: “People have been parking their cars wherever they liked, outside the marked bays so it’s chaotic much of the time.

“I’ve seen some accidents in the Vie development and it is only a matter of time before there is a serious one.”